NFL Charities Week highlights grants for player foundations

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NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League, has awarded $1 million in grants to support 89 charitable player foundations, it was announced Monday.

As part of NFL Charities Week, five player foundations receiving NFL Charities grants will be recognized at events nationwide on five consecutive days beginning Monday and continuing through April 3. Players being celebrated this week are Torry Holt and Terrence Holt, both free agents; Matt Light, New England Patriots; Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins; Tony Richardson, New York Jets; and Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys. Each player will host a community event this week. A full list of the 89 player foundations receiving NFL Charities Grants this year is below.

"Our players know that the legacy they leave in the community is as important as any on-field achievements," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities board of directors. "We are proud to support their foundations and applaud their efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe."

The NFL has long supported players' philanthropic endeavors and NFL Charities has awarded more than $10 million to player foundations in recent years.

Formed in 1973, NFL Charities is a nonprofit organization that enables NFL teams and their players to contribute collectively to charitable causes on a national level. NFL Charities, which has approved more than $110 million in grants to more than 300 different organizations since its inception, donates more than $10 million in grants annually to support causes such as sports-related medical research, youth health programs and the charitable work of current and former NFL players

NFL Charities Board
Commissioner Roger Goodell; former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president/director of charities; Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals president; Jack Kemp, former MVP quarterback, congressman and vice presidential candidate; Mary Owen, Buffalo Bills vice president of strategic planning; Alan Page, Minnesota Supreme Court justice and Pro Football Hall of Fame member; Delores Barr Weaver, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation CEO.


2009 NFL Charities Player Foundation Grant Recipients
Player Foundation
ELIJAH ALEXANDER (retired) Tackle Myeloma Foundation
JASON ALLEN, MIA J. Allen AllStars Foundation
WILL ALLEN, TB Will Allen Foundation
REGGIE BERRY (retired) Goals for Life Foundation, Inc.
ERIC BEVERLY (retired) The Eric Beverly Family Foundation
JORDAN BLACK, JAC Suburban Missionaries Inc.
CHRIS BOBER (retired) Chris Bober Building Blocks Foundation
GARY BRACKETT, IND Gary Brackett's IMPACT Foundation
DREW BREES, NO The Brees Dream Foundation
DERRICK BROOKS, (TB) Derrick Brooks CharitiesBrooks Debartolo Charities
ISAAC BRUCE, SF Isaac Bruce Foundation
DERON CHERRY (retired) Deron Cherry Celebrity Golf Tournament
DUSTIN COLQUITT, KC The Colquitt for Kids Foundation
BRODIE CROYLE, KC Brodie Croyle Foundation
DEVARD DARLING, KC As One Foundation
CHRIS DRAFT, STL Chris Draft Family Foundation
WARRICK DUNN, (TB) Warrick Dunn Foundation, Inc.
DONNIE EDWARDS, (KC) Best Defense Foundation
HERM EDWARDS (retired) The Herm Edwards Foundation
NORM EVANS (retired) Pro Athletes Outreach
LONDON FLETCHER, WAS London's Bridge Foundation
DRAYTON FLORENCE, BUF The Drayton Florence Foundation
TOM FLORES (retired) Tom Flores Youth Foundation
DOUG FLUTIE (retired) Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
DARYL GARDENER (retired) Gardener's Kids Center, Inc.
TARIK GLENN (retired) D R E A M Alive, Inc.
LA'ROI GLOVER, STL La'Roi Glover Foundation
TONY GONZALEZ, KC Tony Gonzalez Foundation
JACOB GREEN (retired) Jaycees Children Center
JARVIS GREEN, NE Jarvis Green Foundation
TRENT GREEN, (STL) Trent Green Family Foundation
CHAD GREENWAY, MIN Chad Greenway Foundation
BRUCE HARPER (retired) Heroes & Cool Kids/Brunan, Inc.
JAMES "SHACK" HARRIS & DOUG WILLIAMS (retired) Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation
EJ HENDERSON, MIN EJ Henderson Youth Foundation
TORRY (STL) & TERRENCE HOLT, (NO) Holt Foundation
KEITH JACKSON (retired) PARK Foundation
MARLIN JACKSON, IND Marlin Jackson Fight for Life Foundation
RUDI JOHNSON, (DET) The Rudi Johnson Foundation
JIM KELLY (retired) Hunter's Hope Foundation
JEFF KEMP (retired) Families Northwest
TYRONE KEYS (retired) All Sports Community Service, Inc.
KENARD LANG (retired) Kenard Lang Foundation
TIM LESTER (retired) Tim Lester Cares, Inc
MATT LIGHT, NE The Light Foundation, Inc.
JOHN LYNCH (retired) John Lynch Foundation
MARTY LYONS (retired) Marty Lyons Foundation
PEYTON MANNING, IND PeyBack Foundation
DAN MARINO (retired) Dan Marino Foundation
DEVON MCDONALD (retired) Sports World Ministries, Inc.
REGGIE MCKENZIE (retired) Reggie McKenzie Foundation, Inc.
TERRENCE METCALF, (CHI) Metcalf-Holden Foundation
NAT MOORE (retired) Nat Moore Foundation, Inc.
BRIAN MOORMAN, BUF Punt Foundation
RYAN NECE, (DET) The Ryan Nece Foundation
TERENCE NEWMAN, DAL Terence Newman's Rising Stars
GIFFORD NIELSEN (retired) Won Heart Foundation
ROMAN OBEN (retired) Roman Oben at the Champions Fund
CHRISTIAN OKOYE (retired) The Christian Okoye Foundation
TERRELL OWENS, BUF Catch a Dream Foundation
ALAN PAGE (retired) Page Education Foundation
CHAD PENNINGTON, MIA 1st and 10 Foundation
MIKE PETERSON, ATL The Mike Peterson Foundation
ISIAH ROBERTSON (retired) House of Isaiah-Athletes for a Drug Free America
BEN ROETHLISBERGER, PIT The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation
TWAN RUSSELL (retired) Russell Life Skills & Reading Foundation, Inc.
JUNIOR SEAU, NE Junior Seau Foundation
TONY SEMPLE (retired) Tony Semple Foundation for Hope
WILL SHIELDS (retired) Will to Succeed Foundation
MATT STOVER, (BAL) Matt Stover Foundation
JASON TAYLOR, (WAS) Jason Taylor Foundation
JOJO TOWNSELL (retired) MEFIYI Foundation
GREG TRUITT (retired) The Upside Down Foundation
MIKE UTLEY (retired) Mike Utley Foundation
KURT WARNER, ARI Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation
BRIAN WATERS, KC Brian Waters 54 Foundation
MADIEU WILLIAMS, MIN Madieu Williams Foundation
ROY WILLIAMS, (DAL) The Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation
WILLIE WILLIAMS (retired) Show Them We Care
GRANT WISTROM (retired) Grant Wistrom Foundation
JASON WITTEN, DAL Jason Witten S.C.O.R.E. Foundation
JERRY WUNSCH (retired) Wusch Family Foundation
ROYNELL YOUNG (retired) Pro-Vision Ministries, Inc.
STEVE YOUNG (retired) Forever Young Foundation


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